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or ask our staff for help.

Finding materials in the Library

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Once you have identified the printed material you need by using Library Search you should take a note of the collection name and classmark.

For example: Main Collection HB103 D45.

Main Collection books and journals

For Main Collection books and journals you can use the following table to identify which floor the classmark you need is located on: 

A table to show which floor you can find the relevant classmark on
Books  Journals Floor 
A to HA  A to JZ  3rd
HB to JV K to Z  2nd
JX to Z   1st


Course Collection books

Course Collection books are all on the first floor.

Only LSE staff and students have access to the Course Collection during term time.

Library store collections

The majority of the Library's collections are available on the open shelves.

There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed storage.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Russian collection
  • IGO reports
  • UK Government publications
  • Statistics
  • Microform and microfilm
  • Historical newspapers
  • Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
  • LSE PhD theses
  • LSE and Women's Library archive collections

Requesting material from closed access collections

Complete a form in the 4th floor Reading Room or email us your requirements

These are the times we collect requested material for you. Monday - Friday only:

  • 10.45am
  • 12.45pm
  •  2.45pm

Between 60 - 70 minutes later you can consult material in the 4th floor Reading Room.

  • We hold items until the Reading Room closes (Monday - Friday 5pm, 6pm on Saturdays during term time), or the date you enter on the request form.
  • You must not take anything out of the Reading Room.
  • Return material to the Reading Room desk before it closes.
  • Items can be held for further use.